The first ISB conference was held at the University of
Newcastle upon Tyne in 1997. Since then ISB has been
organised every other year. At ISB6 in Hamburg, bylaws for
ISB conferences were approved.
ISB1 and ISB2
Newcastle upon Tyne 1997 and 1999 The International
Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB) began at the initiative of
Li Wei and Nick Miller of the University of Newcastle upon
Tyne, who organized ISB1 in 1997 and ISB2 in 1999. Keynote
Speakers for ISB1 included Peter Auer, Pieter Muysken,
Michel Paradis, and Shana Poplack. ISB2 featured Keynoters
Michael Clyne, Francois Grosjean, Monica Heller, and Carol
Myers-Scotton. ISB3 - University of the West of England
(Bristol) 2001 The event moved to the University of the West
of England (Bristol) in 2001, where Jeanine Treffers-Daller
served as the chair of the organizing committee for ISB3.
Keynote Speakers included Jim Cummins, Ton Dijkstra, Nancy
Hornberger, Jürgen M. Meisel, Thomas Roeper, and Suzanne
ISB4 - Arizona State University
ISB4 took place at Arizona State University (Tempe) in 2003,
with Jeff MacSwan chairing the organizing committee and Fred
Genesee, Bernard Spolsky, Loraine Obler, and Ana Celia
Zentella as Keynoters.
ISB5 - Universitat Autonoma de
In 2005, ISB5 was organized in Barcelona with Melissa
Greer Moyer of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona as the
chair of the organizing committee. Keynote Speakers where
Suzanne Flynn, Judith Kroll, Ignasi Vila, Jef Verschueren,
and Li Wei.
ISB6 - University of Hamburg 2007
The Research Centre on Multilingualism and the
University of Hamburg hosted ISB6 in 2007 with Jürgen Meisel
chairing the organizing committee. The Keynote Speakers were
Ellen Bialystok, Sascha W. Felix, David W. Green, Kenneth
Hyltenstam and Virginia Yip.
ISB7 - Utrecht University 2009
In 2009 the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS at Utrecht
University, the Netherlands, hosted ISB7 with Jacomine
Nortier heading the organization. The Keynote Speakers were
Shyamala Chengappa, Guus Extra, Pieter Muysken, Núria
Sebastión-Gallés, Antonella Sorace, and Sarah Thomason.
ISB8 - University of Oslo 2011
In 2011 the University of Oslo hosted ISB8 with Professor
Elizabeth Lanza as the Chair. The city of Oslo celebrates
its 200th anniversary in the same year and ISB8 is part of
the program for a celebration that will last throughout the
entire year. The Keynote Speakers were Jannis
Androutsopoulos, Ceil Lucas, Sari Pietikäinen, Annick De
Houwer and Kees de Bot.
ISB9. Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University in Singapore organized
ISB10, with Professor NG Bee Chin as the Chair of the
committee. The theme of the 9th ISB was 'Multilingualism',
reflecting Singapore's status as a thriving language hub.
The keynote speakers were Nick Evans, Ofelia García, Monika
S. Schmid and Lionel Wee.